Iran protests Saudi decision to bar pilgrims from Hajj over coronavirus

File photo shows a view to the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque complex in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia where able-bodied and well-off Muslims from around the world perform Hajj pilgrimage each year. Iran’s top government authority on Hajj has protested against a recent decision adopted in Saudi Arabia to… Continue reading Iran protests Saudi decision to bar pilgrims from Hajj over coronavirus

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Iran intensifies diplomatic efforts to achieve peace in the region

TEHRAN – In the latest sign that Iran is serious about achieving peace in the region, a senior Iranian diplomat journeyed to Oman shortly after the top Saudi diplomat visited the sultanate. Ali Asghar Khaji, who serves as the Iranian foreign minister’s senior advisor in special political affairs, visited Muscat on Tuesday and met with… Continue reading Iran intensifies diplomatic efforts to achieve peace in the region

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Takht Ravanchi: 27 polling stations in U.S. for Iranian presidential polls

TEHRAN — Iran’s envoy to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said on Wednesday morning that Iranians living in the United States can cast ballots for the presidential elections in Iran at 27 polling places in 18 U.S. states. He went on to say that though some U.S. states have multiple polling places, all of… Continue reading Takht Ravanchi: 27 polling stations in U.S. for Iranian presidential polls

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How COVID vaccines work against the Delta variant | Coronavirus pandemic News

The Delta variant of coronavirus is a source of serious concern as lab tests have shown it is more contagious and resistant to vaccines compared with other forms of COVID-19. However, there is evidence that the available jabs retain important effectiveness against it after two doses. Here is what you need to know: A British… Continue reading How COVID vaccines work against the Delta variant | Coronavirus pandemic News

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Ivory Coast gears up for Laurent Gbagbo’s return | Ivory Coast News

Abidjan, Ivory Coast – Ivory Coast’s former President Laurent Gbagbo returns home on Thursday to help “reconcile” a country that he left in chaos almost 10 years ago. The opposition leader is due to fly back on a commercial flight from Brussels after judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague earlier this… Continue reading Ivory Coast gears up for Laurent Gbagbo’s return | Ivory Coast News

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Botswana says it has found the world’s ‘third largest’ diamond | Mining News

The 1,098-carat diamond is the biggest stone of gem quality to be found in the history of the Debswana company. Botswanan diamond firm Debswana has said it unearthed a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third-largest of its kind in the world. The stone, found on June 1, was shown on Wednesday to President… Continue reading Botswana says it has found the world’s ‘third largest’ diamond | Mining News

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IAEA chief says ‘political will’ from all sides needed to revive Iran nuclear deal

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says “political will” is needed from all parties to the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal for the negotiations to come to a conclusion.    “The discussions that have been going on for weeks have dealt with very complex and delicate… Continue reading IAEA chief says ‘political will’ from all sides needed to revive Iran nuclear deal

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US new home construction misses target as lumber prices climb | Business and Economy News

United States homebuilding rebounded less than expected in May as very expensive lumber and shortages of other materials continued to constrain builders’ ability to take advantage of an acute shortage of houses on the market. The report from the US Department of Commerce on Wednesday also showed permits for future home construction falling to a… Continue reading US new home construction misses target as lumber prices climb | Business and Economy News

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Colombia investigating after car bomb injures 36 at military base | Conflict News

The defence ministry says two men drove a Toyota truck onto a military base in the city of Cucuta, near the border with Venezuela. The Colombian government is investigating after car bomb explosions at a military base near the country’s border with Venezuela injured 36 people. Two explosions took place on Tuesday at a base… Continue reading Colombia investigating after car bomb injures 36 at military base | Conflict News

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